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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wild re-signs Josh Harding to a one-year deal

Many folks thought that if Harding were to be traded during the offseason, they would do it before arbitration. Well, he signed a one-year deal today prior to the hearing.

I could be wrong, but my guess now is he remains with the Wild as their No. 2 (for now). The Aeros would then end up with Wade Dubielewicz as the No. 1, Barry Brust as the No. 2 and Anton Khudobin will either head to Russia (just kidding) or end up minding the nets for a CHL team in Texas.

He is, I think (and as I clarify here after an original post) going to get traded this season. But now, to me, as to when just got a little murkier. I really like the deal I keep hearing that involves some Chicago Forward named Patrick Sharp and Corey Crawford, who would then create a nice backup war with Dubielewicz for the No. 2 job with the Wild. My take is CHI does not deal Sharp ... and Harding ends up in the Eastern Conference somewhere.

From the Minnesota Wild media relations team:

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced today the National Hockey League (NHL) team has agreed to terms with goaltender Josh Harding on a one-year contract prior to today’s scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto, Ontario.
Harding, 25 (6/18/84), appeared in 19 games – 11 starts – with the Wild in 2008-09, going 3-9-1 with a 2.21 GAA and .929 SV Pct. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound native of Regina, Sask., has appeared in 58 NHL games making 43 starts for Minnesota in parts of four seasons, going 19-27-4 with a 2.49 GAA, a .920 SV% and three career shutouts. Harding was Minnesota’s second-round pick (No. 38 overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.


AeroFinn said...

The 1-year deal just confirms that Harding will definitely get traded during the season. Sooner or later.
So would Khudobin and the other extras be heading to IceRays? Nothing in ECHL? Texas is starting to look like a hockey central...."Only" 7 teams in CHL. Allen Americans, terrible logo. Probably just me.

CenterIce said...

Poor Anton. After the post-season he had, I'm sure he was hoping to be able to stay in the AHL.
And also poor announcers for having to pronounce Dubielewicz multiple times a game....

John Royal said...

I don't know Centerice. Joe O'Donnell didn't seem to be having any problems pronouncing Dubielewicz's name yesterday. The one's to worry about are those of over here at T3I trying to spell his name.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

Remember ... "I" before "E" except after Budweiser.

Fred Trask said...


Ms. Conduct said...

I'm only spelling it out for PHN. You guys are getting Dubie from me. Apologies if you get the munchies.

Fred Trask said...

Stoner and Dubie, who's going to Testwuide?

Forecheck said...

"Anton Khudobin will either head to Russia "

Don't scare us....especially after the Volsosheno and Kalus freak outs.

I would expect Anton to go back to Florida if Josh stays in Minnysohta, which is unlikely.

Forecheck said...


I'll wake up soon.

Fred Trask said...

Doesn't look like there will be room for him in FL.


In net, the Blades are still waiting on an announcement from the Albany River Rats to go public with their anticipated starting goalie for the ‘08-09 season.

“I was hoping to maybe have an announcement this week or last week, but we have to wait on (Albany),” Cameron said. “We’re very, very excited. This is somebody we kind of identified and someone that (the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes) also wanted to have in their system.”

Cameron said earlier that the goalie to be named was a star at the collegiate level last year.

The Blades’ second goalie will come from the Florida Panthers organization, Cameron said, and it’s likely that won’t be decided until after NHL and AHL training camps. Candidates include ‘07-08 Blades back-up Tyler Plante, former Alaska Aces goalie Chris Beckford-Tseu, and 2008 Panthers second-round draft pick Jacob Markstrom. Former Augusta Lynx goalie Mike Brodeur was an all-star for Rochester, the Panthers’ AHL affiliate, in ‘08-09, but he signed a deal this summer with the Ottawa Senators organization.

Last year’s Blades’ goalies were David Leggio, who signed a two-way deal with Albany, and Minnesota Wild prospect Anton Khudobin. Leggio will play in Finland next season, and Khudobin is expected to compete for the starting job for the AHL’s Houston Aeros, Minnesota’s AHL affiliate.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

Thanks Fred ... that is exactly why I expect him to play for someone else, again, if Harding is not traded.

Last year, there was some concern about having him play in Florida for that star-studded team.

I was told specifically that the Wild wanted him to play for a team where he would be tested and could play 75-80 percent of the games.To be fair, they did NOT want him to play for a (for lack of a better word) sucky team either.

But as well all know, that never worked out and Anton, after dominating (1.98 GAA) the league with Texas the year before, was just OK (2.71 GAA) for the Everblades.

artandhockey said...

Oh no... no more please! (word: galling!)

Snikpip said...

With Stoner, Dubie, and Testwuide on the team we should try to get Jonathan Cheechoo from the Sharks and either Jordan or Liam Chong to wear the Bomber sweater.